Duke Series Preview

Duke Series Preview

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Duke Series Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (7-7), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, hosts Duke this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a crucial ACC series for the Tigers. Friday and Saturday’s games are slated to start at 6:30PM with Sunday’s finale set at 1:00PM. 

The Series

Clemson and Duke have met 185 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 118-65-2 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1904 and have met at least three times every season since 1990.

Clemson leads the series 61-24-1 all-time in games at Clemson, including a 42-6 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers have won the last eight series between the teams at Doug Kingsmore Stadium dating back to 1993. In ACC regular-season games, Clemson holds a 92-34-2 advantage in the series. 

The Blue Devils

Duke, led by sixth-year Head Coach Sean McNally, is 15-4 (2-1) on the season including a 2-1 mark on the road. The Blue Devils enter this weekend on a four-game winning streak and are coming off a 4-1 home win over Charlotte on Wednesday. Duke was picked to finish sixth in the Coastal Division by the leagues coaches and is coming off a 29-27 (8-22 ACC) record in 2010. 

On the season the Blue Devils are hitting .310 as a team with 43 doubles, 10 triples, three homers, 38 stolen bases, 90 walks, and 121 strikeouts while averaging 6.9 runs per game. Freshman Anthony D’Alessandro leads Duke at the plate batting .403 with two doubles, one homer, 11 runs, and 15 RBI. Fellow freshman Jordan Betts is hitting .392 with eight doubles and 14 RBI while freshman David Perkins has a .365 average. Freshman Chris Marconcini has a team-leading six triples, while junior Will Piwnica-Worms leads the team with 10 stolen bases. 

The Duke pitching staff has a 2.70 ERA this season allowing 160 hits and 68 walks against 144 strikeouts in 170.0 innings. Sophomore Chase Bedout (2-0) sports a 1.09 ERA and has allowed 15 hits and seven walks against 30 strikeouts in 24.2 innings over four starts. Senior Dennis O’Grady (4-0) has a 1.80 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 25.0 innings over four starts. Freshman Drew Van Orden is one of three Blue Devils with eight appearances and has a team-high two saves. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 7-7 and ranked as high as #16 in the nation by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. The Tigers are also ranked #17 by Sports Weekly and are coming off a tough 4-3 loss to Presbyterian College on Wednesday at Fluor Field. 

The Tigers are hitting .310 as a team with 22 doubles, four triples, eight homers, 82 walks, 22 stolen bases and 97 strikeouts while averaging 7.5 runs per game. Sophomore Spencer Kieboom leads the Tigers at the plate batting .425 and is tied for a team-high 12 RBI. Chris Epps is hitting .271 with a double, triple, two homers, and a team-leading five stolen bases. Jeff Schaus has four doubles and 12 RBI, while Phil Pohl has four doubles and two homers. Richie Shaffer leads the team with three homers and has scored a team-high 18 runs. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.48 ERA this seasons allowing 111 hits and 30 walks with 100 strikeouts in 124.0 innings. David Haselden is 1-1 with a save in six appearances (three starts) with a 2.79 ERA over 19.1 innings. Scott Weismann is 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in a team-high 21.2 innings over four starts. Kevin Brady leads the team with 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings, while Justin Sarratt has made six appearances (one start) and has a 1.93 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 14.0 innings. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Duke

C        #32 Jeff Kremer (SO/.362 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 16 runs in 19 games)

1B      #21 Chris Marconcini (FR/.324 BA with 4 2Bs, 6 3Bs, 1 HR, and 20 RBI in 19 games)

2B      #7 Marcus Stroman (SO/.178 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, and 11 runs in 16 games)

SS      #10 Angelo LaBruna (FR/.295 BA with 5 2Bs, 4 SB, and 15 RBI in 19 games)

3B      #41 Jordan Betts (FR/.392 BA with 8 2Bs, 12 runs, and 14 RBI in 19 games)

LF      #3 Anthony D’Alessandro (FR/.403 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 3 SB, and 15 RBI in 19 games)

CF      #27 Will Piwnica-Worms (JR/.214 BA with 5 2Bs, 14 runs, and 10 SB in 18 games)

RF      #6 Joe Pedevillano (JR/.400 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 SB, and 10 runs in 16 games)

DH     #26 Dennis O’Grady (SR/.302 BA with 1 2B, 13 runs, and 5 SB in 13 games)

    or   #2 David Perkins (FR/.365 BA with 4 2Bs, 12 runs, and 8 RBI in 18 games)        

 

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.425 BA with 1 2B and 12 RBI in 13 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.233 BA with 3 HRs, 18 runs, and 13 BBs in 14 games)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (FR/.273 BA with 4 runs, 2 walks, and 2 RBI in 7 games)

22      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.300 BA with 2 2Bs, 4 SB, and 5 RBI in 14 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.255 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 12 runs in 14 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.250 BA with 4 2Bs, 10 BBs, and 12 RBI in 14 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.300 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, and 6 RBI in 14 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.271 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 5 SB in 14 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.406 BA with 4 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 9 RBI in 12 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Duke has not set a starting rotation, but has announced which three pitchers will start this weekend.

Sophomore righthander Chase Bebout is 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA in four starts in 2011. The Lake Worth, FL native has allowed 15 hits (.170 opponents’ batting average) and seven walks against 30 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. Senior righthander Dennis O’Grady is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts in 2011. The Floral Park, NY native has allowed 25 hits (.266 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks against 23 strikeouts in 25.0 innings. Sophomore righty Marcus Stroman is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in four appearances (two starts) in 2011. The Medford, NY native has allowed eight hits (.167 opponents’ batting average) and one walk against 17 strikeouts in 14.0 innings. 

Clemson will start junior righthander Scott Weismann. The Boxborough, MA native is 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in four starts in 2011. In 21.2 innings, he has allowed 22 hits (.268 opponents’ batting average) and five walks against 14 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with junior righthander David Haselden in game two. The Spartanburg, SC native is 1-1 with a save and a 2.79 ERA in six appearances (three starts) in 2011. In 19.1 innings, he has allowed 17 hits (.250 opponents’ batting average) and four walks against 10 strikeouts. 

The Tigers starters for game three has not yet been determined. Likely candidates are sophomore righthanders Dominic Leone and Scott Firth. Leone, a Norwich, CT native, is 0-0 with a 6.23 ERA in three appearances (one start) in 2011. In 4.1 innings, he has allowed four hits (.267 opponents’ batting average) and two walks against six strikeouts. Firth, a Buffalo Grove, IL native, is 0-0 with a 5.19 ERA in four relief appearances in 2011. In 8.2 innings, he has allowed nine hits (.257 opponents’ batting average) and four walks against three strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 38-15-1 all-time against the Blue Devils with all 54 meetings coming as the Clemson head coach. Leggett is 20-4 against Duke in games at Clemson with the four losses by a combined 7 runs, including two in extra innings. The 18th-year head coach is 17-9-1 in games at Duke and has a 1-2 record against the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament.
  • Clemson has two separate 11-game winning streaks against the Blue Devils since 1999.
  • The only tied in Jack Leggett’s 32 seasons as a head coach came against Duke in the final game of the 2008 series.
  • Clemson is 27-9 all-time on March 18 with a 10-1 mark at home. The Tigers are 26-14 all-time on March 19 with a 7-2 mark at home. Clemson is 29-15 all-time on March 20 with a 11-2 mark at home.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Duke

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   BB     SO     HR     Other

Addison Johnson     .483   8-8     29      7        14      4        5        6        1        3 2B, 3B

John Hinson           .421   5-3     19      2        8        4        0        1        0        3 2B

Jeff Schaus             .400   10-10 45      10      18      6        2        5        2        2 2B, 2 HBP, SB

Jason Stolz             .308   4-4     13      2        4        4        0        2        1        HBP

Brad Miller              .292   7-7     24      5        7        4        7        2        0        2 2B, 3B, SF

Chris Epps              .250   8-6     20      5        5        4        7        5        0        2 HBP, 2-4 SB

Phil Pohl                .143   4-2     7        1        1        0        1        2        0        2B, 2 HBP

Will Lamb               .091   6-3     11      1        1        1        4        3        0        SB

Player                  ERA   G-S    W-L   IP      H       ER     BB     SO     OBA

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     0        0        0        0        .000

Justin Sarratt                   3.00   3-0     0-0     3.0     3        1        1        1        .333

Scott Weismann      4.50   2-1     0-0     8.0     6        4        3        6        .222

Alex Frederick         11.57 2-0     0-1     2.1     4        3        2        1        .500

Will Lamb               12.00 1-1     0-1     3.0     4        4        2        2        .333

David Haselden       12.60 3-0     0-0     5.0     9        7        0        2        .391

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